For the past fifty years only a few nations have engaged in activities in space, but as technology advances and foundational knowledge spreads space has become increasingly important across the globe. The U.S. has traditionally been a leader in exploring and expanding human knowledge in this final frontier. As momentum builds to push the boundaries beyond low Earth orbit, it is important that the U.S. remains at the leading edge of this global enterprise. The panel will discuss why we are going, what we hope to accomplish, the concept of sustainability and the trajectory beyond the moon to Mars.
Fred Kennedy, Director, Space Development Agency, Department of Defense
Kathy Laurini, President, Osare Space Consulting Group
Sarah Noble, Program Scientist, Planetary Science Division, NASA
Sandy Magnus, Co-Chair, IAC Local Organizing Committee (moderator)